Condoms Offer Partial Protection Against Herpes
July 14, 2009
Consistent condom use is an "important" tool in preventing genital herpes, according to Dr. Emily T. Martin of Children's Hospital Research Institute and the University of Washington-Seattle.
Since HSV-2 can spread by skin-to-skin contact, condoms are only partly effective, Martin noted. And even though people infected with HSV-2 may not have a visible outbreak, they can still transmit the virus to others.
"Although the magnitude of protection was not as large as has been observed with other [STDs], we found that condoms offer moderate protection against HSV-2 acquisition in men and women," the authors concluded.
The study, "A Pooled Analysis of the Effect of Condoms in Preventing HSV-2 Acquisition," was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2009;169(13):1233-1240).
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This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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